Blue Whales become common visitors to Skjálfandi Bay

In 2006, Húsavík whale watchers saw a surge in the number of humpback whales.  Two years later, even larger whales are visiting Skjálfandi Bay in record numbers.     One of the Humpback whales in Skjálfandi bay.     Why are so many oversized tourists visiting Húsavík? Alas, they are only here for the food……

Humpback almost inside the harbour

Sometimes we don´t have to go far away from the harbour to find the whales. Last night when we were coming back to the harbour from the evening tour we found a Humpback whale almost inside the harbour. This was a fantastic end of a successful tour because erlier we spotted Blue whales, another Humpback…

Wounded Humpback whale

The wounded Humpback whale has been here in the bay for at least one week now. He has been very lively and we are pretty sure that he is not in a lot of pain from his wounded fluke. But it is clear that this Humpback has got tangled in a ghost net (net that…

The Blue whales are here again – Pictures

Captain Hrólfur and guide Þórdís managed to find two Blue whales just few minutes ago. One of those Blue whales is really big, more then 20 meters long, and the crew managed to get very close to this unbelievably big animals.        This is the second time this season that we see Blue whales here in Skjálfandi bay and…

Trip to Grímsey island next saturday

We will sail to Grímsey island next saturday, 21st of July if weather conditions are good and enough participation. Departure from the North Sailing dock at 15:00.       Price: 6500 ISK Included: Icelandic meat soup and beverage on the way to Grímsey island, and hot chocolate & cinnamon rolls on the way back…

Three incentive tours last saturday

Along with the four scheduled whale watching tours on last saturday we went on three incentive tours with staff from icelandic company´s, Eimskip, Air Iceland and Húnagull, all in all 288 passengers.       Staff from Eimskip playing volleyball in Flatey island   The first group from Eimskip went on board Bjössi Sör and…

Five Blue Whales

The Blue whales are spread around the bay and they are diving for a very long time. But captain Hreiðar managed to get close to two Blue whales and all the passengers on board Bjössi Sör had a good look at these majestic animals.   We sure hope that the Blue whales will stay here in the bay…

Blue Whales in Skjálfandi bay

Just a few minutes ago the crew on board Náttfari spotted two Blue whales in Skjálfandi bay. Náttfari is now on its way back home with 56 passengers from the morning trip. Next tours are at 13:30, 17:00 and 20:15. Hopefully we will have some pictures and more information about the Blue whales later today

Food chain and ecosystem in Skjálfandi bay

Last week Ph.D. Marianne Helene Rasmussen went on two whale watching tours with us to collect some samples of phytoplankton and zooplankton, which is the first two levels in the food chain. This study is part in a project to study the food chain and ecosystem in Skjálfandi bay.     In the first tour on…

Mother and a calf

A rare sight was seen yesterday when we spotted a mother Minke with a small calf alongside her. The calf was very curious and came pretty close to our boat, but the mother was very awake and protective and always placed herself between the calf and the boat. We didn´t want to disturb them for…

A dozen years of loyalty

Mr. Sinclair Dunnet from Nature Trek has been coming here to Húsavík, visiting North Sailing with groups of people from the U.K. since 1996, this makes it the twelfth consecutive year. North Sailing was founded in 1995 and that means Mr. Dunnett has only missed the very first summer in Whale watching here at Skjálfandi…

Plenty of whales on a sunny day

This beautiful morning our boat Bjössi Sör went whale whatching with around 30 passengers. The weather has been brilliant here in Húsavík the last couple of days, and today was no exeption.   Humpback Whale stretching in the calm sea. Photo taken by Captain Hrólfur. And just after a few minutes the first whale was…

The whale school visits North Sailing

The reason for this visit was to work on a project in a new Whale school which one of former North Sailing guide, Hilda, has established.   The fifth graders on the way home, happy after a successful tour. The bay was calm but lively and we managed to spot a few Minke whales, Humback and a group of…

A Humpback returns after bad weather

  Happy passengers leaving the boat after a successful morning tour.   North Sailing has been offering 2 trips per day, at 10:00 and 13:30 from the beginning of May with the exception of few days when it was not possible at all to go out.  Today was the first day that a humpback was…

2 + 2 = Humpbacks and minkes

A humpback whale together with up to 5 minke whales have been spotted on all tours so far this season. Today, the number of Humpbacks doubled and two minke whales were spotted as well.   Today, to much joy of captain Hrólfur and Guide Nils, members from the Húsavík whale museum got on board for…

New websites for North Sailing's operations

Today, North Sailing opened 5 new websites.  They are designed and hosted by Outcome Software, under the supervision of Arngrímur Arnarson.    The websites are intended to promote three main projects or products of North Sailing, that is "Húsavík Whale Watching", "Schooner Haukur" and "Restaurant Gamli Baukur".  The websites are linked together to emphasize the fact that these…

Humpback whale in the first official tour of 2008!

  Nils Bjartur watches the humpback whale with the fantastic backdrop of Kinnarfjöll Mountains.   Picture: Hrólfur Þórhallsson A humpback and a minke whale were spotted in the first official whale watching tour of the season this year. Captain   Hrólfur and Guide Nils Bjartur ventured out on m/b Bjössi Sör with 6 passengers to set…

The first whale of the 14th season…

  A minke whale near the mountains of Vík. Lot of snow is still in the mountains but today the temperature rose up to almost 15 degrees. The bay seemed lively and within just 20 minutes a big minke whale was spotted as well as a seal (bladder nose seal). Lots of birds have arrived…

Merry christmas and a happy new year!

North Sailing – Húsavík Whale Watching wishes everyone merry christmas and a happy new year. We hope 2008 will be a good year for everyone. The days are short in Húsavík now, actually today is the shortest day of the year but from now the daylight will increase by few minutes every day. This picture…